From its beginnings in 1939 as Timely Comics, Marvel has evolved into one of the world’s multimedia powerhouses. Almost everybody – whether longtime fans or even those unfamiliar with the comic storylines –knows the brand’s most iconic characters, thanks in large part to a slew of merchandise based around them.
Marvel’s superheroes have appeared in everything from toys to cartoons, TV shows to blockbuster movies. Even the casino industry has latched onto the hype machine. With the market becoming so congested, many operators have begun looking into different franchises to appeal to a wider audience. Spin Genie, a relatively new player in the field, features Transformers and Star Trek-themed slot games online, while IGT is busy at work developing Marvel slot machines for both land-based casinos and online portals.
Fans who want something with more meat than a video game, though, have been having their wishes answered. All throughout this year, various convention centers and theaters across the nation have been ground zero for the battle between good and evil, when Marvel Universe LIVE pulled Marvel’s stable of superhumans right out of the comic pages and straight into reality.
Marvel Universe LIVE! brings together some of the comics world’s most iconic heroes and villains as they battle over the Cosmic Cube, one of the most coveted and powerful artifacts in the Marvel Universe. The Asgardian hero Thor destroyed the Cosmic Cube to keep it from falling into the wrong hands, but his evil half-brother Loki has other plans.
As Loki tries to retrieve the Cube’s shattered and scattered pieces, the Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye), along with Spider-Man and Wolverine, jump into the fray. Along the way, they will have to fight some of their biggest enemies, including Green Goblin, Red Skull, and Doctor Octopus.
Marvel Universe LIVE! kicked off its nationwide tour this summer, and it has had various shows across the country in the past few months – all met with positive reviews from fans who enjoyed seeing their heroes come to life. It’s sure to be one exciting event for old and new fans alike. Unfortunately, the show won’t be coming to CA until March of next year, so BLURPPY has to wait a while to get a taste of the action. Have you gone to see Marvel Universe LIVE! yet? What did you think?